Feb. 9, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-22, 2-9 Big West) lost 74-64 to Long Beach State Wednesday evening at The Walter Pyramid. Violet Alama led the Matadors with 23 points, but CSUN could not hold on to a halftime lead in the loss.
After leading for most of the first half, Northridge watched Long Beach State come out and control the early part of the second. The 49ers quickly erased a four-point deficit and went on a 23-7 run in the first eight minutes of the second half.
Long Beach State's lead would swell to as many as 12 before Northridge tried to mount a comeback. A 3-pointer by Alama cut it to three with 1:32 left, but Long Beach State answered with a trey of its own and hit its free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Alama finished with a team-high 23 points, including a career-high three 3-pointers. She added six rebounds and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
Analee Viena-Lota scored 15 points for CSUN, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers. She also had four assists and seven rebounds. She made the 79th start of her career to tie Jazelle Burries for fifth in school history.
Jasmine Erving added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Matadors. She had five field goals to give her 394 for her career, passing LaJoyce King for sixth in school history. She also had two blocked shots to increase her career total to 98, which is the third-most in school history.
As a team, Northridge shot 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the field and 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from 3-point range. Long Beach State finished at 37.7 percent (23-of-61) for the game, but scored 54 points on 48.5 percent (16-of-33) shooting from the field in the second half.
Northridge led 24-20 at halftime having led by as many as 10. Viena-Lota had nine points and Alama added seven as LBSU shot just 25 percent (7-of-28) in the first half.
Turnovers stung Northridge all night. The Matadors committed 22 turnovers in the game, 11 more than the 49ers. CSUN finished with 37 boards to LBSU's 33, though the 49ers out-rebounded the Matadors in the second half (19-13).
The Matadors now stand two games behind Pacific and Long Beach State for the eighth and final spot in the Big West Tournament. CSUN closes out its league slate with four of the five remaining games at home.
First up, Northridge hosts Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. in The Matadome. The game is part of a CSUN Hoops doubleheader. The Matador men's basketball team will face Long Beach State approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game.
The game with the Titans is part of the WBCA's "Pink Zone" promotion where all fans wearing the color pink will receive free admission. However, fans will need a ticket to attend the men's game regardless of whether they purchase a women's ticket or receive free admission.